Bear Finds New Home at Oldbury School

A ‘Honey Bear Honey Bottle’ statue has found a new home at The Orchard School in Oldbury after spending the summer on public display outside a Birmingham train station. 

The bear, designed by Black Country artist Glen Brooks, was sponsored by local train operator London Midland and was on display as part of this summer’s Big Sleuth.

The Big Sleuth was a public art trail that encouraged people to take to the streets and explore their local area while raising money and awareness for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Honey Bear Honey Bottle’s new home, The Orchard School, which specialises in providing support to pupils with special educational needs, was confirmed after London Midland decided to donate the statute at the end of the event.

Richard Brooks, commercial director at London Midland, said that “the Big Sleuth has been incredibly important to us over the past six months and seeing the whole city engage with the art trail has been brilliant.

“The Orchard School provides fantastic support in the Sandwell area so it seemed fitting to present them with our special bear. I’m sure it will be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come.”

Meanwhile, Diane Ellingham, headteacher at The Orchard School, said they were “absolutely delighted to have ‘Honey Bear Honey Bottle’. It’s a real focal point and being a bear, is ideal for primary school children. It’s a visual reflection of the school ethos of having fun, being approachable, and friendliness.

“It’s such a significant feature in front of the school and seeing the children’s faces when they arrive is fantastic. First impressions are so important and our staff love it too!”

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